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08 Oct 2004
Olympic News

Turin 2006: Pragelato ready for the first jump

On Saturday 9 October 2004, the Italian ski jumping team will test the new K95 ski jump in Pragelato for the first time. The athletes, led by Italian title-holder Stefano Chiapolino will have the chance to try out the facility in two sessions: a first practice phase and later a second session of official jumps where racing conditions will be simulated. For the Organising Committee (TOROC), it will be an important test on the way to staging the Olympic Winter Games.

 Symbolic value

"This jump," declared TOROC President Valentino Castellani, "also has an important symbolic value: 70 weeks from the opening of the Olympic Winter Games, we are confirming that the timing is being followed and that the road to Turin 2006 is now going smoothly. It is an important sign that gives confidence to the territory and to all sports lovers."

 The Pragelato ski jumps

The Pragelato ski jump complex includes two Olympic ski jumps (K120 and K95) with their respective starting areas, the judges' tower, a dedicated ski lift, a building to house the technical services, snow equipment and electric power, a programmed artificial snow system and night-time illumination for the ski jumps, a multi-function building, and three training ski jumps (K60, K30 and K15).

 Three competitions

During the XX Olympic Winter Games, about 75 athletes will compete at the new ski jump complex in three different individual and team competitions: individual normal and the large hill individual and team events. The competition will last from 11 to 20 February 2006. For each competition around 8,600 spectators are expected to attend.

 Since Chamonix 1924

Ski jumping has been part of the Olympic Winter Games since the first Games held in Chamonix, Mont Blanc, in 1924. Ski jumping was one of 16 events to be included in these Games. There were 27 competitors, though the Norwegians dominated, taking four of the first five places. The honour of becoming the first Olympic ski jump champion went to Jacob Tullin Thams, whose fine style carried him to a narrow victory over fellow countryman Narve Bonna.

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